Archive | July, 2009

Is “flat” the new “up?” It’s better than that, but…

Thursday, July 23, 2009

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Our NYC group of CEOs acted on leading indicators in mid-2007 and prepared for the recession. Brainstorming each month, they progressed through low hanging fruit to really difficult choices to the previously unthinkable survival measures. The chant a year ago was “survival is victory.” That is why the discussion yesterday was so startling to this […]


Great Bosses Know Who “Gets” What

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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An object lesson from the execution workshop yesterday. Critical thinking is not everyone’s strength: you know, sorting things that are like each other together from unlike, understanding a logic sequence in which one fact leads to another and consequences, imagining the multiple possibilities for why something may be true or false. Understanding how a process […]


The Safety Net: What Are You Contributing?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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I have seen the “safety net” today and it is in trouble as every funding source shrinks the money provided for projects and operations. And you could do something about it by volunteering your time and knowledge to help a not for profit survive, especially a social service provider to the neediest. In 2007, Harvard […]


Small Business Advocate — A Treasured Resource for Big Companies Too

Saturday, July 11, 2009

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Jim Blasingame of hosted my presence on his morning radio show yesterday. Though it is not the first time Jim and I have chatted like this, it is a reminder of his value as an advisor to business, keeper of an inventory of written wisdom and node in a network he calls his “brain […]


What Made jack welch JACK WELCH

How Ordinary People Become
Extraordinary Leaders

by Stephen H. Baum (Random House)

Most leaders of American companies started out as ordinary people. What prepared them for the top job?

Countless more ordinary people of equal talent never developed the leadership core required to run the show. Why not?

"Lessons for life about the core leadership traits of character, risk taking decisiveness and the ability to engage and inspire followers."
--Jim Clifton, CEO, The Gallup Organization


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